Leaving Van Gogh is Carol Wallace’s first historical novel and it created quite a buzz
among genre luminaries. In this meticulously researched, heartrending story,
Wallace re-creates the final fateful days of legendary painter Vincent Van Gogh.
In the summer of
1890, in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise, Vincent van Gogh shot himself in
the chest with a revolver. He died two days later, at the age of thirty-seven,
largely unknown despite having completed over two thousand works of art—works that
would go on to become some of the most important and valued in the world.
In this riveting
novel, Carol Wallace brilliantly navigates the mysteries surrounding the master
artist’s death, relying on her vast research to paint an indelible portrait of
Van Gogh’s final days—and the friendship that may or may not have destroyed
him. Telling Van Gogh’s story from an utterly new perspective—that of his
personal physician, Dr. Gachet, a specialist in mental illness and a great
lover of the arts—Wallace allows us to view the legendary painter as we’ve
never seen him before. In our narrator’s eyes, Van Gogh is an irresistible
puzzle, a man whose mind, plagued by demons, poses the most potentially
rewarding challenge of Gachet’s career.
brims with suspense and rich psychological insight as it tackles haunting
questions about Van Gogh’s fate. A masterly, gripping novel that explores the
price of creativity, Leaving Van Gogh is a luminous story about what it
means to live authentically, and the power and limits of friendship.
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